British Fragrances and Fashion

I am on a self-imposed, partial pefume embargo.

As such, within the next three months, I SHOULD NOT buy any full bottles, samples/or discovery kits over Php 1000 (~USD 23). ( I would like to save up for perfumes that’s been on my wish list since, like, forever.)

And so, I have to make do with reading my favorite blogs, or revisiting my samples bin ( hey, I forgot I have Juliette Has a Gun samples!)

And from reading blogs and newsletters, I’ve noticed the rather, active British fragrance scene!

Iris Prima

Iris Prima

Penhaligons released Iris Prima inspired by the English National Ballet. It has bergamot, green amber, with a heart of iris absolute and jasmine sambac.

Soulle Ambar

Soulle Ambar

Floris released  Soulle Ambar, with notes of bergamot, jasmine, amber, and a slew of perfume notes unknown to me like lentisque, melilot and galbanum.


Rose en Noir

And finally, Miller Harris released Rose en Noir that hopes to evoke the darkness and sensual side of the rose bloom. It has a heart of Turkish rose, black pepper and violet leaf, and base notes of ambrette seeds, patchouli, and French tabac noir.

Lastly, I am most intrigued with the collaboration between fragrance houses and fashion houses last London Fashion Week.  I gather that Julien Macdonald used Floris Hyacinth and Bluebell candles for SS14 show, and Penhaligon was the Official Fragrance of London Fashion Week!

We have something similar here in Manila. Mega Magazine, a major fashion glossy, collaborated with Downy Mystique for the chic-est masquerade ball/fashion show of 2013!

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SOTD: A Burst of Freshness from Annick Goutal Eau d’Hadrien

AG Eau d'Hadrien

AG Eau d’Hadrien

Good Morning, Manilans!
Can you feel the summer heat already? I do!

And so, to feel fresh in this sweltering heat, I am wearing the classic Annick Goutal Eau d’Hadrien. Sicilian lemons, citron, cypress, and ylang-ylang. What could be more refreshing than those?

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SOTD: Maison Francis Kurkdjian Lumière Noire

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Lumiere Noire

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Lumiere Noire

Today is the culmination of the two weeks of major corporate dressing in our office that Plus Size Fasyon Mudra has talked about. Later in the afternoon, we will have our townhall meeting, or what my partner calls “gala”.

And so today, I am wearing a special scent to make up for the boring office attire. I am wearing Lumière Noire Pour Homme  by Maison Francis Kurkdjian.

It is fresh, clean, very sophisticated, and it is a rose.

More about it next week. 😀

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2013 Scent Resolutions


Compared to other people, I am very fond of making New Year’s Resolutions, whether I achieve them or not.  I like listing things because somehow, it gives me a sense of direction, some sort of plan that would prevent me from going all messed up.

So, for 2013, I resolve to:

  1. Buy fragrances that I truly love. I resolve to buy fragrances that will make me happy,  through summer and the rainy season, through good times and bad times.
  2. Buy fragrance classes that I  do not have. This means carefully assessing what I already have and reserving my cash to classes that I do not have.  For example, I don’t think I have an excellent leather perfume yet, so I will save for that. And in the mean time, I will continue on sampling leather perfumes until I find the right one.
  3. Explore designer or mainstream fragrances.  Unlike most people, my addiction to perfumes started when I got my samples from Le Labo, Rose 51, Oud 27, and Santal 33 to be exact. I dived straight into niche perfumery before knowing the classics, and I completely ignored mainstream department store releases. Though I do not regret my niches, I want to explore more mainstream  fragrances as there are excellent ones out there, too.
  4. Try more local  fragrances.  I know,  most local fragrances in Manila are copies of designer fragrances, and bearing names of local celebrities, but I see some efforts to come up with original formulations.  Take Bench’s woody Rajo Laurel series for instance. Still very reminiscent of the Dsquared2 Wood Series, but the  effort to come up with an excellent fragrance is there.  I am hopeful that someday, Manila will also produce fragrances that will be known and applauded throughout the world.   Come on, Philippines  already supplies elemi and ylang-ylang essences to the world!
  5. And lastly,  enjoy this wonderful world of  scent exploration!